Back ‘Home’

We arrived 30 minutes late in Stockholm but managed to catch our train to Göteborg. This train was also late and due to that we missed our connection in Göteborg. We have been able to rebook our tickets to another train but we arrived in Halmstad about 2 hours late.

After over 24hours on the ‘rail’ it was nice to get back in our little camp in Halmstad.

Leaving traces…

-24° at bright daylight. So we assumed that is had been around -30° during the last night (clear sky).

After breakfast we walked around and enjoyed the last peaceful moments in the wild.

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Our way back to the starting point was the same but now in the dark. After we arrived at the starting point we had been transfered to Kiruna Centralstation to catch our train back to Halmstad via Stockholm and Göteborg.

This time the night train was punctual.

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Going WILD

This morning we got picked up around 9am to start our wilderness tour. The starting point is located roughly 30km outside Kiruna and  literally at the end of the road.

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After a short introduction about how to drive snowmobiles and dog sledges it was on. First we’ve been in one of the snowmobile groups before we changed to the dog sledge. Everybody got his turn in driving the snowmobile or acting as a dog sledge driver.

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We arrived at the camp around 1pm which means it already started to get dark. After a further introduction into the camp we started to chop wood for our hut. We shared the hut with 6 other people which have been from South Korea, Australia, Austria and France.

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Lunch and dinner have been covered by a local Laplander. Both was tasty and contained reindeer meat. It’s a little bit dry but delicious.

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Exploring the arctic circle

We headed directly to the hostel to drop our stuff there. After half an hour we have been back outside exploring the city. Nearby we had one of the very few sights of Kiruna: Kiruna Kyrka.

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Besides of the church the snowy narrow streets have been nice too. After walking around for several hours, including eating ice cream, we went back to our hostel for dinner.

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It’s amazing to see the sun go down at half past one and experience total darkness around half past two.

We went out in the night again, but didn’t get lucky to see northern lights.